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WWE Must Take a Risk on Kofi Kingston
It’s been a big couple of weeks for Kofi Kingston.
Not only did he and R-Truth lose the WWE Tag Team Championships to Hell No at Night of Champions, but Kingston was able to immediately bounce back and capture the Intercontinental title from The Miz on Main Event.
But where does Kingston go from here?
Being a four time Intercontinental Champion, this certainly isn’t the first time Kingston has found himself seemingly on to bigger and better things in the company.
I recently read an article by fellow writer, Gavon Wong who spoke about Kingston’s lack of credibility as a top guy in the company – and to be fair, I tend to agree.
It is with this that I believe it may be time to turn Kingston heel because his character, actions and move set have grown stale.
I remember in late 2008, early 2009, CM Punk was in a similar situation, funnily enough just after he and Kingston dropped the tag titles.
It wasn’t that Punk was by any means boring, it was simply the fact that the company had let the dust settle on him.
After a relatively successful world title run earlier in 2008, Punk was then left back in the mid card where he often competed in dark matches upon his victory for the Intercontinental title in 2009.
The difference however is that Punk was given the opportunity to move forward after his Intercontinental Championship run.
Later in 2009, Punk won the Money in the Bank ladder match and reclaimed the World Heavyweight Title before turning heel and having a very memorable feud with Jeff Hardy.
I believe Kingston could greatly benefit from a similar challenge.
For too long the WWE Universe has seen Kingston compete in the same type of matches with the same people.
By turning Kingston heel however, wrestling fans and the higher ups in the WWE alike would be able to witness Kingston’s full potential as a wrestler.
With this said, there is a very real possibility that Kingston may not deliver as a heel, however why not take the risk?
It worked for Punk after all.
Obviously Kingston isn’t the biggest or toughest of guys in the company.
He’s light, relatively average on the microphone and just above average in the ring.
However if placed in a heel stable or given a manager, there is no reason why a heel turn could not elevate Kingston into the main event scene.
If this is to work however, action must be taken now before Kingston loses the Intercontinental title, falls back into the lower, mid card and goes after tag team titles all over again, for the twenty-ninth time.
There is just over a month now until the Survivor Series pay-per-view, an event often used to cement future main event stars in the company.
In the past, we have seen the likes of Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio captain traditional Survivor Series teams before going on to capture the world title and win the Royal Rumble respectively.
With this in mind, I feel there is more than enough time to turn Kingston heel before having him captain a heel team at Survivor Series.
Not only would this help cement his place as a credible heel, but it would also gain him enough heat leading into next year and on the road to Wrestlemania.
The sky really is the limit.
In order for this to happen however, WWE needs to take a risk on Kingston as a heel and at a main event level, just like they did with CM Punk before him.
Will it happen?
I certainly hope so.
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